Lots of great, easy transference between Web/desktop and your phone. Not that finding your desktop tabs in Chrome now is difficult, but it's going to get even easier going forward.
Multitasking made easier with tabs showing both websites and app content within Chrome.
Tabs are presented in a stack with drop shadows -- sort of a mix of what Apple is doing with skeuomorphism and more familiar design.
Chrome tabs shown as overlapping cards with realistic shadows and perspective.
Pitch for Polymer as the tool to help devs build this kind of experience for the Web.
In demo of upcoming Chrome, the browser highlights use of Material Design. When searching for Van Gogh's Starry Night, Chrome shows the artwork in a tile, and the title is on a blue background, which was automatically generated by Chrome.
"Fast, fluid, continuous animation at 60 frames per second," she says. "This just wasn't possible a year ago."
Shah is showing us search-exploration.googleplex.com.
Chrome for mobile has grown 10 times in last year. It's now at 300 million devices, from 27 million the year prior.
Avni Shah from the Chrome team onstage talking Chrome for mobile
No watch, and you get the pattern unlock.
Pebble users will be familiar with an app called Pebble Lock that does something similar. Glad to see this getting baked into the OS.
If you're wearing a bluetooth watch and holding your phone, the phone will auto-unlock. Two-factor authentication.
About 15% of people have PIN or pattern lock, Burke says. L will feature personal unlocking. It can unlock automatically via swipe when it notices a Bluetooth-connected smartwatch. Without the smartwatch, it presents the PIN lock screen.
Whoa. Very cool security feature.
Heads-up notification will allow things like calls to come in without interrupting whatever game you're playing. You can just swipe the interruption away.
A little game of Piano Tiles up on screen now. Looks like fun.
New notification: heads-up notification coming in L.
Lockscreen and notification shade will be merged in L
Enhanced notifications in L: Notifications from lock screen are prioritized so most useful ones are presented. Swipe down and see full list of notifications.
Tim's point about performance is excellent. Last year's Google Maps redo has been doggy for many people, despite Google's claims.
Google's thesis of Material Design is impressive in motion. It's physical without being hokey 3-D or using fake textures. There is a liberal amount of drop shadow involved, though, which has been a bit out of fashion in favor of "flat design." Looks like Google is bringing drop shadow back.
The L Design Preview of Android will include the new Material theme, new animation capabilities, 3-D views with real-time shadows, activity transitions, nested scrolling